Season 7 Episode 17

Whine Club

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Feb 24, 2000 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • In this episode we are introduced to the widow of Stan Wojadubakowski. We first hear the name, however, in "The Dog That Rocks The Cradle" earlier this season when Martin returns from Stan's funeral. The name also figures in Season 9's "The Proposal" where it is used as a sobriety test for Martin.

  • Quotes

    • Niles: (to Frasier, at the wine taste-off) Prepare to be stomped like a late-harvest Gewürztraminer!

    • Niles: (with a faraway look in his eyes) Who hasn't at least one time nursed the dream of...corkmaster!

    • (They all shout their goodbyes as Mel and Niles exit)
      Martin: Well, that's a blessing. Now we can enjoy our breakfast.
      Roz: I doubt it. I was only allowed to make a cheese-free, mushroom-free, fat-free frittata, thanks to the girl in the plastic bubble!
      Daphne: I think I'll order a pizza. (takes phone into kitchen)
      Frasier: You know, I have half a mind to say something to Niles, he is making a terrible mistake with that woman!
      Martin: Frasier!
      Frasier: But Dad, it is Maris all over again! She's dominating him, emasculating him!
      Martin: Look, I don't like her anymore than you do and God knows we've been through this before. I didn't Lilith, we both didn't like Maris and you boys sure as hell didn't like Sherry, but what good did it do talking about it?
      Frasier: He's repeating a terrible pattern.
      Martin: Well he's going to repeat it whether you like it or not. And if you say anything, you're just going to drive a wedge between you. So, nobody's going to say a word!
      (Frasier and Roz finally agree as Niles enters)
      Niles: Well, it's a shame Mel had to leave.
      Frasier: Oh yeah, you know, we were having such a good time.
      Martin: Yeah, Niles.
      Niles: You know, I was nervous bringing her over here.
      (They all laugh it off)
      Niles: I was concerned what you'd think, you know, getting to really know her for the first time. So?
      Roz: Ooh, I'm going to go let Eddie in. (exits to balcony)
      Niles: Come on, seriously, I want you to be totally honest. (Daphne enters, waiting on the phone) Tell me, what do you think of Mel?
      Daphne: Oh, I don't like her at all, she's bossy and fussy and mean. She's all wrong for you. (into phone) Yes, I need a large pepperoni pizza, and some cheese bread! (exits to kitchen)
      Martin: (gets off his chair) I'm sure she didn't mean that, Niles. (follows Daphne into kitchen)
      Niles: Well, that was startling.
      Frasier: Yes, well, don't take that seriously, Niles. (Roz enters from balcony) You know how women sometimes just form irrational dislikes for one another.
      Roz: Oh, that's great, I leave the room for one second and you rat me out.
      Frasier: No, Roz...
      Roz: No, it's okay, I don't have anything to hide and I'm not irrational. She's pushy, demanding and a gigantic pain in the ass! I'd dump her like radioactive waste.
      Niles: Well, so that's two of you in the Anti-Mel camp.
      Roz: (to Frasier) Oh, did you tell him what you thought of Mel too?
      Frasier: No, Daphne did.
      Roz: Oops! (exits to kitchen)
      Niles: Frasier?!
      Frasier: I just think she's Maris all over again, she's manipulative... I think you're repeating a terrible pattern.
      Niles: Well, isn't this neat?! We all have our individual reasons for disliking her.
      (Martin enters with Daphne)
      Niles: Hey, Dad, what's your reason for disliking Mel?
      Daphne: So you did tell him what you think of her and after shoving me into the kitchen and shaking your freakin' finger at me!
      Martin: She's crazy, Niles, I don't know what she's talking about...
      (Roz enters)
      Niles: No, no, that's all right, Dad. I, er, I asked you all to be honest and you were. (gets coat) I got my answer. You know what would have been nice? Is if one of you could have found one nice thing to say about her.
      (Niles exits and slams the door behind him in disgust. The rest look around in guilt. The silence is then cut after about ten seconds)
      Daphne: She does have that X-ray vision.

    • (Daphne enters the room as Frasier and Martin are having a conversation about Mrs. Wojadubakowski. The Bloody Marys she had earlier have warn off)
      Daphne: Wait, Mr. Crane. You slept with Mrs. Wojadubakowski?
      Martin: Yes, I did, isn't that just adorable.
      Daphne: No, It's disgusting, you dirty old man! Sleeping with that poor widow before her husband's even cold in the ground.
      Martin: You think that was wrong?
      Daphne: Your damn right I do. You ought to be ashamed.
      Martin: See, I told you, Frasier!
      Daphne: We live in a civilized society and there are certain rules we have to live by. (getting carried away as if settling a mental conflict) We all have impulses we's like to explore, but we dont!
      Frasier: Daphne?
      Daphne: (after a pause she tries to put it aside) Well we can't just go chasing anyone you fancy just because you're suddenly attracted to them. (starts to head towards her room) There are certain things you just don't do, no matter how tempted you are.
      Frasier: Boy that was strange, wasn't it?
      Martin: I don't think it was strange at all! Made a lot of sense to me! (stands up and gets his coat)
      Frasier: Where the hell are you going?
      Martin: well, I better get over to Claire's Mrs. Wojadubakowski and apologize. Don't wait up for me Frasier, I've got a lot of apologizing to do!
      (Frasier gives him a look as he exits)

    • (Daphne enters singing "Anne Boleyn" in her drunk style)
      Daphne: With her head tucked underneath her arm, she walks the bloody tower! - You know what that songs about, Don't you?
      Mel: Bloody Mary?
      Daphne: Oh, Don't mind if I do! (Picks up a Bloody Mary drink and exits the kitchen)

    • (Mel, Niles girlfriend, has come over to meet everyone)
      Roz: Can I pour you a Bloody Mary, Mel?
      Mel: Not for me. It's a little early in the day for hard liquor, don't you think?
      Roz: Not anymore. (pours herself a large one)
      Mel: Niles, let's get this foie gras box in the refrigerator. (notices Eddie has his head in the bag) Oh, hello Eddie. Or should I say goodbye?
      Martin: Huh?
      Mel: Well, Martin, I'm sure you'll be locking Eddie out on the balcony if people are going to be eating here.
      (she exits with Niles to the kitchen)
      Martin: Well, I'll tell you who I'd like to lock out on the balcony.
      Roz: Oh please, let it be me!
      Frasier: Now, now may I remind you that we're having this little bruncheon in order to get acquainted with Mel. We owe it to Niles to give her a chance.
      Daphne: I agree with Dr. Crane, we should all have another Bloody Mary. (pours one)
      Frasier: I didn't say that!
      Daphne: It was implied.

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